Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Universes Big and Small—Sculptures by Pamela Grow and Paintings by Paul Solevad

Pamela Grow was born and raised in Australia and moved to the United States in 1969. Living on the Oregon and California coasts, she has collaborated with artists who helped define her spontaneous and slightly quirky style. She has worked with various media but found her passion in creating works of clay. She has exhibited at the Palos Verdes Art Center and Torrance Cultural Center in Southern California, as well as American Crafts Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio, Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, and Phoenix Rising Gallery, Seattle, Washington. She is a member of the Pacific Northwest Sculptors.

Paul Solevad's work explores the idea of universality and connection. The greater “continuum” is expressed in creations of floating fractal symbols and shapes, small windows into our expansive reality. The ongoing continuity of nature, man, and the universe is melded in surrealistic expressionism. Solevad's most recent work delves further into the exploration of nature and form with the series of “Radiolaria” - single-celled organisms that express the fractal patterns seen on every level of our organic reality. He views this new work as meditative mandalas, allowing for contemplation and reflection.

June 25-July 28, 2009
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11-6, Sunday 12-4
Opening and artists' reception: June 25, 6-9 PM

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Onda at Latino Gay Pride

The gallery and I received an award last week during the Latino Gay Pride celebration. It's the second year the Mariposa Awards were given, and I was one of five individuals and/or organizations recognized, including the heads of the bi-lingual theatre group and the bi-lingual newspaper. The group of people involved in organizing the four major events of the festival did an amazing job and were a lot of fun too.

The theme for Portland Latino Gay Pride’s first celebration was called Noche de Familia y Mariposas/Night of Family and Butterflies. “Mariposa” is a slang term used in many Latin American countries to describe someone who is gay. For many, it was a term used in a disrespectful or derogatory manner. The committee decided to change that by celebrating who we are and taking PRIDE in the “mariposa” inside of all of us.